World T20 2016 March 23, 2016

One slot, three teams

ESPNcricinfo staff
With New Zealand already through to the semi-finals, here's a look at what the other teams in the group need to do to join them
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Despite losing two out of three games, Pakistan's NRR is still second best in the group © IDI/Getty Images

New Zealand were the first team to qualify from Group 2, and a one-run defeat to India knocked Bangladesh out of the World T20. That leaves one spot open for three teams to grab. Here's what each of them need to do - and need other teams to do - to get through to the last four.

Australia

If Australia beat Pakistan and India, they will go through. Even if they lose to Pakistan, Australia can take it to a net run-rate scenario by defeating India on Sunday, as that will leave all three teams on four points.

Pakistan

Pakistan's only chance of qualifying is to take it to a net run-rate situation by beating Australia, and hoping India lose to Australia. That could favour Pakistan as despite losing two out of three games, their NRR is second best in the group thanks to their 55-run win against Bangladesh.

India

If India win against Australia, they will qualify. If Australia get past Pakistan, the India-Australia face-off on Sunday in Mohali will be a virtual quarter-final. If Pakistan beat Australia, and India lose to Australia, then all three teams will have four points each, and NRR will decide which of them goes through.

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  • aquarianx on March 25, 2016, 11:48 GMT

    Actually I was wrong. The rule I quoted before only applies if 2 or more teams or on same points and same NRR at the end of the second round.

  • aquarianx on March 25, 2016, 11:25 GMT

    The NRR rule "* If two or more teams are still equal, they will be ordered according to the head to head match played between them (points then net run rate in those matches). "

  • DarshanDashers on March 25, 2016, 11:13 GMT

    @Ankitmirage I assume you are talking about the scenario where both the matches are washed out. In that case, India will have 5 points in their kitty; Australia will have 4 and Pakistan 3. Hence India will qualify.

  • Dubbs on March 25, 2016, 11:13 GMT

    I think all you guys are oblivious to NRR. Should India, Pak and Aus finish on 4 points. NRR will only be taken into account with matches played against each other. NRR with matches involving BD and NZ will be discarded!

  • ankitmirage on March 25, 2016, 11:03 GMT

    My apologies.. I miscalculated

  • ankitmirage on March 25, 2016, 10:18 GMT

    @tickcric I'm not sure u agree with that... OZ have a 0.1 nrr as of now.. Even a loss means it might fall to 0 or - 0.25.. ie for close game vs convincing victory for Pakistan ... India are on -0.5.. I feel a washout will see Australia going through...

  • Humdingers on March 25, 2016, 9:03 GMT

    Aus should beat Pak and Ind and go through. Final will be AUS vs WI with WI winning. Can't see India getting through. Stubborn captain and his insistence in keeping the same team despite even NZ opting for a 3 spinner strategy. Dahwan, Raina, Yuvraj all sitting ducks, Rohit can't play unless the track is flat and they are a batsmen short. Pak seem to have the ingredients of a good team, but they collectively can't seem to gel and fire as one - still rely on individual efforts. SA are relying way too much on the ABD show. WI have the fire-power and if Gayle fires, it's game over for any opposition. They are T20 specialists through and through. Aus have the fire power but will struggle against good spin.

  • Anubhav-the-Experience on March 25, 2016, 8:48 GMT

    We need to reflect once again how close the last match went. Before those 3 balls, India had no chance, no one would have bet 1 Re. on them and that would have killed the home team which would have been very shocking. If India goes on to win world cup, how crucial would those 3 balls would be.

  • tickcric on March 25, 2016, 8:34 GMT

    Don't forget the chance of a washout. If Aussies lose against Pakistan then in case of a India - Australia washout, India go through. But if Aussies win against Pak and there is a washout in the India game Australia go through. For Pakistan washout in India - Australia match means elimination even if they win today.

  • shashi_dhoni on March 25, 2016, 8:26 GMT

    YOU BEAUTY : Radar is showing no chance of rain... forget about it

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